The Lewis Legacy

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 85, Summer 2000 Notes and Quotes

Lewis’s view of Purgatory was similar to Dante’s. Kathryn Lindskoog writes: “The analogy that works best for me is arriving at a festive dinner party in dripping wet raincoat and muddy galoshes. Instead of joining the other guests in the reception room that way, we strip off our outer wraps in the vestibule and then join the party. How long Read More ›

In the Footsteps of Anon

According to a very popular e-mail, from 1558 to 1829 Catholics in England were not allowed to practice their faith in public or private. It was illegal to be Catholic, upon penalty of death. So Catholics wrote “The Twelve Days of Christmas” to secretly teach their children the basics of the Christian faith. Since the song sounded like rhyming nonsense, Read More ›

In the Footsteps of Dilbert

In 1997 a management consultant held a seminar for executives of Logitech International, the world’s largest producer of computer mice. He led the attentive group through a session of brainstorming and sharing in order to improve their mission statement, which was simply “to provide Logitech with profitable growth and related new business areas.” The improved statement that they produced with Read More ›

In the Footsteps of Bourbaki

In an article titled “The Joy of Sets” in the October 1998 issue of Lingua Franca, Jim Holt began “Why is it that French theory so often ends up having a baneful effect on American pedagogy? I am thinking not of Derrida, but of another figure, one whose influence reached these shores long before him: Nicolas Bourbaki.” “In 1939 he Read More ›

In the Footsteps of Ashbless

Information from a 1999 copyrighted interview by John Berlyne. Authors Tim Powers and James Blaylock met as students at California State University at Fullerton in the 1970s. At that time the school paper was publishing lots of student poetry — in Powers’s words, “all free-verse, unpunctuated, unrhymed hippie drivel. Very pretentious though.” So Powers and Blaylock decided to write a Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 85, Summer 2000 Note

All the Bells on Earth by James Blaylock (Ace Books) “Blaylock is one of the most brilliant of that new generation of fabulist writers; All the Bells on Earth may be his best book…mystical and enthralling…at once reminiscent of C. S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength and Clive Barker’s urban fantasies.” Washington Post Book World In fact, Blaylock’s book is a Read More ›

Note about Louis MacNeice from James O’Fee

Louis MacNeice (1907-1963) was a near contemporary of C.S. Lewis, and the two men had much in common: a. raised in pious Ulster middle-class familiesb. sent away to school in England where they lost Christian faithc. won scholarships to Oxfordd. took 1st Class Degrees in Classicse. yearned to make their name as poetsf. became masters of the medium then called Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 85, Summer 2000 Editor’s Note

Browning said that his poem “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” came to him in a dream, and he wrote all 204 lines in one day. He did not say what he thought the nightmarish dream signified.In light of Walter Hooper’s claim that Lewis wrote The Dark Tower in response to Browning’s poem, certain lines in the poem are Read More ›

Lewis’s Helpful Hooker?

A startling inquiry appeared on the MERELEWIS listserve on 2 January 2000. Karen Welbourn reported that when C. S. Lewis was mentioned on another listserve, someone there responded with the following: I find C. S. Lewis a very interesting author. As you may know, he not only wrote for children, but he also wrote … [other genres] … and science Read More ›

Land of The Rising Sun: Japan and C. S. Lewis

The national symbol of Japan happened to be an important symbol to C. S. Lewis. In the last paragraph of The Great Divorce (1946) he wrote about the ultimate sunrise — “the rim of the sunrise that shoots Time dead with golden arrows and puts to flight all phantasmal shapes.” (See also the ending of Till We Have Faces.) On Read More ›